Talent Draft day draws high school, college students from 11 Midwest states
They logged in by the hundreds, from Missouri to Michigan, Ohio to Illinois – and left learning more about the career opportunities available in Sioux Falls.
This was the 2020 version of the annual Talent Draft Day, an event organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation to connect middle school, high school and college students with education and training paths that lead to rewarding careers.
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They’re live, candid conversations meant to introduce young talent to the Sioux Falls area and beyond.
For several weeks, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has hosted Talent Thursday, a live chat on Facebook co-hosted by SiouxFalls.Business that has talked with young professionals about their career paths, company culture Sioux Falls lifestyle and opportunities for growth and giving back
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South Dakota State University was about to play its first-round basketball game in this year’s Summit League Championships, and the energy was everywhere.
It carried over from the Denny Sanford Premier Center to Crooked Pint Ale House across the street, where a packed reception drew dozens of students, alumni, and area professionals.
Organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, it was meant to “really draw the kids into the area, give them a really fun experience, connect them with our employers, connect them with our great city, make sure they know about all the wonderful career opportunities here,” said Denise Guzzetta, the foundation’s vice president of talent and workforce development.
“We’ve made it fun and engaging.”
SDSU president Barry Dunn praised the approach.
“I think it’s incredibly creative. I think we’ve all be frustrated with how do we tell our story better,” he said. “I’m just all for it.”
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“Talent is the new currency of economic development,” according to Darin M. Buelow of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
It is what enables our organizations to expand their footprint, and to service more customers. In doing so, economic growth strategies must merge industry and talent centric policies together in creative and innovated ways, to effectively engage, encourage and equip talent for short and long-term industry gains.
Virtual approach to workforce development connects talent with employers
It is not as easy to walk in for a job interview, start an internship or shadowing – but in some ways, the latest way Sioux Falls is connecting students with employers is just as personal.
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has stepped up big in the last couple months, hosting and coordinating a series of virtual talent talks that are bringing college students together with employers who will have jobs for them.
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Career, community and cause.
That’s what research shows drives decision-making for talented workers today, and those three concepts help form the cornerstone for how the Sioux Falls Development Foundation plans to build on its approach to meeting current and future industry workforce needs.
“Talent today wants to feel a career path exists for them to develop professionally and contribute to a company with purpose, and beyond that, they want to feel they can connect to a community and support causes they’re passionate about,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “Our efforts this year will put an enhanced focus on showing those career journeys from childhood through retirement and on highlighting our incredible community and the individuals who give of themselves to make it the kind of place where others will want to build their future.”
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation, backed by Forward Sioux Falls and its investors, leads the workforce development effort for the Sioux Falls community and is coming off a strong year.
WIN in Workforce Group is values-based community effort whose mission is to champion career transformation within the workforce. Our goal is to exchange best practices within our cradle to career initiatives for the betterment of all.